The state-backed union has launched a new wave of attacks on the independent Union of Real Estate Tax Authority Employees, according to the Center for socialist studies. These includes a physical assault by a representative of the state union on a free unionist in Gharbeyya. In Qaliubeyya several unionists has been subject to disciplinary measures for collecting membership fees for the free union, while local ministry officials has been threatened with punishment if they cooperate with the independent union. A representative of the union says that these attacks are a sign of weakness, not strenght, since the state union fears becoming irrelevant and loosing all its influence on the labour movement.
Pic above: tax collectors celebrate the founding of the first free union in Egypt at the Press Syndicat, December 20 last year.